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Hair, Skin + Nails Proprietary Blend Does More Than You Think

When looking at the full list of the Hair, Skin and Nails Proprietary Blend, I was amazed at what each perfectly selected ingredient could do! From reducing the appearance of wrinkles to combatting greying hair, this stuff does A LOT more than just make your hair grow! Check it out:

Grape Seed Extract

    • reduces the appearance of wrinkles
    • softens and smooths the skin
    • the OPC’s in grape seed extract inhibit the production of DHT, one of the main factors of hairloss. The OPC’s also stimulate hair follicles, promoting healthy hair growth.

Fo Ti Root

    • Chinese use this to combat greying hair & premature aging.
    • Fo ti is called he shou wu, which means “black haired Mr. He” in Chinese. This name refers to a legend of an older villager named Mr. He who took fo ti and restored his black hair, youthful appearance and vitality.

Amla Fruit Extract

    • used for treating skin diseases, relief from skin disorders caused by an imbalance.
    • helps clear pimples and acne
    • enriches hair growth and hair pigmentation.
    • strengthens roots of hair, maintains color
    • prevents dandruff
    • strengthens teeth and nails

Goji Fruit Extract

    • protects the skin
    • helps healing skin, cuts
    • fortifies nails and hair
    • Can also, protect the liver, help eyesight, improve sexual function and fertility, strengthen the legs, boost immune function, and improve circulation.

Horsetail Extract

    • Horsetail is loaded with silicon. Silicon is the material that collagen is made from. Collagen is the skin’s natural way of staying youthful, supple and sheen. In fact, many skin care experts fondly refer to collagen as the natural skin rejuvenator. So it should come as no shocker that a-listers and supermodels have sworn by horsetail extract for years upon years as a safe and natural way for them to maintain their youthful appearances.
    • It’s a fast-acting cosmetic agent that works to bind your blood vessels together – using silicon – so your skin stays evenly textured, toned and glowing.
    • Contains selenium and silica, which work to improve the flow of blood to the scalp, and that aids in helping to prevent hair loss and improving hair health.
    • Horsetail also is a powerful astringent as well as hosting an array of antibacterial properties, and can help your skin quickly heal from many different conditions, such as acne or even eczema.
    • It also works to strengthen your teeth and bones.

Japanese seaweed blend (kombu, nori, and wakame)

    • Kombu:  Kombu is valuable for its high content of iodine, which is needed to produce two important thyroid hormones that control the metabolism. Our bodies don’t make iodine, so we have to get it through food. Many people are thyroid deficient and the iodine in kombu can help. Also, there is a pigment in kombu called fucoxanthin, which may boost production of a protein involved in fat metabolism.
    • Nori: A “skin superstar,” the omega-3s in Nori help create a natural oil barrier on your skin, helping to reduce acne and dry skin, particularly helpful during these dry, heated winter months. Nori also helps reduce the body’s production of inflammatory compounds that affect how healthy the skin looks and feels.
    • Wakame: It is a diuretic, which means it helps reduce the amount of water in the body. Because it prevents bloating and is packed with osteoporosis-preventing calcium and magnesium, wakame is sometimes referred to as the “women’s seaweed.” But the wakame benefits don’t end here – this seaweed is also high in important trace minerals and is one of the few non-animal sources of vitamin B12.

Haematococcus pluvialis whole algae extract

    • Benefits in the areas of anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular health, eye and brain health, skin improvement and the protection of skin from UV damage.

Olive Fruit Extract

    •  Support skin health and improves oxidative status.

Melon Pulp Concentrate

    • Reduces Stress and Improves Vitality

Check it out here!

My personal results.

My personal results.

Worthy Wednesday:Hair Chronicles 1

Last Wednesday I had a boo boo and this Wednesday I’m celebrating a new ‘do.
I’ve had it for a few weeks and it’s finally settling in and feeling like “me.”
I started with smaller, choppier, Resse Witherspoon-esque fringe right before Christmas… 
…but spent the entire holiday clipping it back with AJH’s pretty bows.
I finally decided to “go big or go home” and got the full, blunt bang on New Years Eve. 
I know it’s very Kelle Hampton-ish, who happens to be one of my favorite bloggers, but I promise I’m not trying to BE her….though she is quite inspiring, hair and all.
And isn’t this picture gorgeous? It’s pretty much my DREAM setting for a photo, cream crocheted dress, baby girls and all.
I figured if Kelle could pull it off, maybe I could, too, since we have somewhat similar hair and features. I think it gives me a little somethin’ somethin’ and makes my eyes POP.
(Speaking of Kelle, I encourage all of my readers to help her reach the goal of raising $63,000 for the National Down Syndrome Society to help create a culture that fully accepts and includes the 400,000 Americans with Down syndrome like her beautiful Nella).
It’s amazing how much time I think about my hair and how much it truly affects (or is it effects?) my mood when I know there are obviously much “bigger fish to fry” in this crazy world of ours. I wrote a piece called “I am not my hair…or am I?” and said “if momma’s hair ain’t happy, SHE AIN’T HAPPY.” I know it may seem superficial, but a new ‘do can give you just the right amount of spunk to get out of a funk. Unfortunately, a bad hair cut/color can leave you feeling like Christina Aguilera in her “Dirty” days.
I know because I’ve been there, done that (not the skunk look, but really, unnaturally black hair).

Deep down I know I shouldn’t put my worth on my hair because on days when it looks like this:

…it could get real ugly, not only on the outside, but more importantly, on the inside.

Secretly, I still like to have one thing I can somewhat control. Unlike my face or my weight, my hair is one thing that can be changed rather easily (especially with the new luxury treatments like Keratin). My hair is one thing that can brighten my face, lighten my look, and bring a few compliments my way no matter how bad my breakout, or outfit may be.
I guess my ultimate goal is believing that while my hair (or skin, or weight, or entire physical appearance) can make me happy for a fleeting moment it is not what makes me worthy. It can’t make OR break me.

I Am Not My Hair….or Am I? 1

So, it’s time to confess. About a month ago I splurged on a rather luxurious hair treatment called Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy by Coppola.
I thought if anyone needed hair therapy, it was me. I have literally wasted years of my life sweating through a forty minute blow-drying, straightening and smoothing routine. I’ve gotten better over time about only going through what I call “the process” every two to three days, but during my self-conscious high school years I would wake at 5:30 every morning just to make time for the hellish blowouts. I’ve tried going Au natural, and while my hubby prefers the half-curly, slightly frizzy wave I have going on, it only takes about five minutes before I’m tugging at it and putting it into a messy ponytail. I’ve even tried journaling about my hair and listened to therapeutic songs like “I Am Not My Hair” by India Arie (for real) but to no avail. So, when I heard about the Keratin treatment I decided to take the plunge to see if I could get my life back after years of being a hair slave.
I didn’t make a big deal out of getting the treatment done at first because I was slightly embarrassed by how much money I had spent on something that would probably only last three to five months, but I thought I was going to “hair heaven” as the treatment promised to “eliminate up to 95% of frizz and curl and instantly add amazing shine, silkiness and condition to the hair” all without undergoing a chemical process. The only downside (besides the price) is that you must wait three days before you can wash or basically touch your hair. This includes, no rain, no sweat, no sunglasses on the head, or putting hair behind your ears. Yes, that was like going through “hair hell” but because the hair is so silky and smooth for those three days, it actually didn’t bother me too much. After my first wash I have to say I was a big underwhelmed (but keep reading). My drying time went from forty to twenty minutes, which was great, but not exactly the heaven I was hoping for as it still required a lot of straightening. I went back to having hair guilt, chalked it up to just having bad hair genes and went on with my business until going in for my routine trim last week. My hair dresser was shocked that I didn’t see more of a difference after having the treatment done and had the owner of the salon come take a look. He thought it should be more silky and smooth, too, and offered to redo the process the next day at no charge. Hallelujah!
So, last week I had the process redone (with no harm to my hair as it is a protein and not a chemical) and it turned out that the first time I had the treatment my cuticle was not opened enough to accept it. They discovered that my hair needed several shampoos before the cuticle would open properly. I again suffered through the three days of no washing or touching, but this time the results were SOO worth it! My hair looked like this after only 10 minutes of blow drying and a quick swipe of the straightener with NO products! Hallelujah times a hundred!
Can you sense my excitement?

(Are you wondering if there is a before picture?

Do you think I’d actually let someone see my like this again?!)
In the song, Miss Arie asks:
Does the way I wear my hair make me a better person?
Does the way I wear my hair make me a better friend?
Does the way I wear my hair determine my integrity?

And she answers:
I am not my hair
I am not this skin
I am not your expectations, no no
I am not my hair
I am not this skin
I am a soul that lives within

I, too, would like to say I am not my hair. I would like to say I am not defined by the car I drive, the clothes or size I wear, the whiteness of my teeth, the straightness of my hair,_________ fill in the blank. I would like to say I don’t belive that my worth is determined by physical attributes, but I, like many women, struggle with these things on a daily basis.

I may not have the answers to the constant, complex war we wage with ourselves, but, I do know three simple things:
1. What really matters most is what’s on the inside; the soul that lives within.
2. I want to raise my daughter to believe that she is defined by this inner soul, and not her physical qualities.
3. Money can’t buy happiness (and the Countess from Real Housewives of New York taught me that “money can’t buy ya cla-hass,” either).

I also know that if momma’s hair ain’t happy, SHE AIN’T HAPPY.
So if money can buy beautiful, healthy hair free from the bondage of sweaty blow-outs, maybe it really is worth it.

Thank you High Tech Design and Day Spa for this Holy Hair Miracle!